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Hon. Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, to Deliver Convocation Address at May 25 Commencement

April 26, 2012 – 

The Honorable Paul J. Fishman, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, will deliver the convocation address at the Friday, May 25, 2012 commencement for Rutgers School of Law–Newark. The ceremony will begin at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) at 10 am following a bagpiper-led procession of commencement participants from the law school at 123 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102.

President Barack Obama nominated Fishman as the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey in June 2009. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 7, 2009, and sworn in on October 14, 2009. A ceremonial swearing in was later held at the law school.

Paul Fishman

As U.S. Attorney, Fishman is responsible for overseeing all federal criminal investigations and prosecutions and the litigation of all civil matters in New Jersey in which the federal government has an interest. He supervises a staff of approximately 145 attorneys and 115 support personnel in Newark, Camden, and Trenton. In addition to his service as U.S. Attorney, Fishman serves as chair of Attorney General Eric Holder’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys.

Paul Fishman has spent much of his professional career in public service. After graduating cum laude in 1982 from Harvard Law School, where he was the managing editor of the Harvard Law Review, he clerked for the Hon. Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney from 1983 to 1994, during which time he served as deputy chief of the Criminal Division, chief of Narcotics Division, chief of the Criminal Division, and first assistant U.S. Attorney. From 1994 to 1997, he was a senior adviser to the attorney general and deputy attorney general of the United States on a variety of law enforcement, policy, legislative, national security,  and international matters, as well as on specific investigations and prosecutions.

In addition to his public service, from 1998–2009, Fishman was a partner in the law firm of Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman, where he headed the firm’s white collar practice.

Other speakers at the ceremony will include Steve C. Gold, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Clinic, as the faculty speaker and Jordan Rubin, co-editor-in-chief of Rutgers Race and the Law Review, as the student speaker.